A two week combination of moderate day hikes and sightseeing in the Rocky Mountain National Parks while staying in comfortable hotels and cabins at night. Stunning vistas along the famous Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper are the backdrop for specially selected guided hikes. Then for the canoe trip down the untamed Athabasca River, away from busy tourist spots, we supply all equipment like tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, canoe bags and more for a safe and enjoyable journey.

Demands: easy to moderate mountain hikes with light day pack, always accompanied by the guide. After training the canoe trip is suitable for all.

 

Included:

escort for Iceland in single hotels and tent

* all transfers

transportation in mini bus

9 nights in hotels (twin) with breakfasts

3 nights in spacious tents (2 pers./tent)

welcome gift

all meals while camping from dinner day 9 to lunch day 12

admission to the National Parks.

4 days with 2-person canoe and required equipment

sleeping bag and self-inflating mattress

40 liter canoe bag

services of licensed guide who accompanies the group on all hikes

2 guides for the canoe trip

 

Not included:
personal equipment, not mentioned meals, gratuities, mountain bike rental, white water rafting

 

7 GUIDED DAY HIKES USING THE MOST REWARDING TRAILS IN BANFF, YOHO AND JASPER NATIONAL PARKS

GOOD HOTELS WITH BREAKFASTS

NO BACKPACKING

EXPERIENCED GUIDES WHO TAILOR THE ACTIVITIES TO INDIVIDUAL ABILITIES

TIME FOR SIGHTSEEING AND RELAXING

FLEXIBLE ITINERARY WITH SMALL GROUP

CANOE TRAINING ON QUIET LAKE

GUIDED CANOE TRIP WITH 2 NIGHTS CAMPING ON DESERTED ISLANDS IN THE RIVER

2-PERSON CANOES AND CAMPING GEAR IS SUPPLIED

Group size: maximum 11 pers. + IT Travel leader

Length of tour: 13 days

 

Verð per mann:          

460.000 kr. m.v. 11 manna hóp + fararstjóra
495.000 kr. m.v. 8 manna hóp + fararstjóra

Aukalega: Single hotels and tent … 90.000 kr.

*ATH.: Verð miðast við gengi CAD vs ISK 6/1/2016


Greiðsluskilmálar:
1. Staðfestingargjald að lágmarki 50.000 kr. per mann
2. Milligreiðsla ef samstarfsaðili krefst þess.
3. Lokagreiðsla í síðasta lagi 10 vikum fyrir brottför.

 

Schedule:

Sep 3: Flug FI 693 KEF-Edmonton 16:45-17:25

 

Sep 3: Edmonton – Group arrives 17:25 with flight 693 from Keflavik. The guide meets the group at the airport for the transfer to the hotel. Quality Hotel West Harvest. Short information meeting in the hotel.

 

Sep 4: Banff National Park / Lake Louise - After breakfast you board the bus for the 4 hour drive south through ranch country in the foot hills and then west into the high alpine surrounding the picture postcard scenery around Lake Louise. Time for the first easy hike on one of the many trails in this mountain paradise.

2 nights Lake Louise Inn.

 

Sep 5: Banff National Park / Lake LouiseThe guide suggests the 3.5 km path with 400 m gain to the historic tea house by an alpine lake. Here a network of easy to demanding trails is tempting you to go further and higher. For example the 15 km circuit into the Plain of Six Glaciers or a 2.5 km climb with 515 m gain to a summit with exceptional views of nearby peaks and distant landscapes. Hiking time 3 – 5 hours.

 

Sep 6: Banff National Park / Banff – On a full day hike you explore passes above the tree line and alpine meadows. For example 7.5 km with 725 m gain to a small lake and possibly 2 km further into the pass at 2470 m.

Now it is only a short drive to the lively holiday town of Banff with its many stores, boutiques and restaurants.

3 nights Brewster’s Mountain Lodge.  Hiking time 5 – 7 hours.

 

Sep 7: Banff National Park / Banff - There is opportunity for a great white water rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. Of course hiking is always an alternative. Among the choice of trails the guide would like to show you is a trail usually reserved for mountaineers of the 2300 m monolithic south face of Mount Louis. A 13 km loop is challenging with 915 m gain to a max elevation of 2350 m. However the view of Forty Mile Valley and the walk through Gargoyle Valley make this strenuous hike well worth the effort. Hiking time 6-7 hours.

 

Sep 8: Banff National Park / Banff A full day hike in Banff or in Kananaskis Country, the guide knows the best hike for the group and conditions. There is also an ideal option to rent mountain bikes for the day to explore the many trails of the area. After the hike you might want to relax in the warm sulphur pool or walk along the busy streets of Banff with its many stores and visitors from around the world.  Hiking time 5 – 7 hours.

 

Sep 9: Jasper National Park - Frequent stops and short excursions along the Icefields Parkway on your way into the heart of the Rockies. Famous names like Peyto Lake and Bow Summit. At the Columbia Icefields huge glaciers spawn rivers, which eventually reach three different oceans. Saskatchewan Glacier is best viewed from far above after hiking 2.5 km to a windy ridge at 2260 m. Then on to Jasper and the hotel in this small mountain town. 

2 nights Lobstick Lodge. Hiking time 2 hours.

 

Sep 10: Jasper National Park - So many possibilities, swimming and a picnic at Pyramid Lake, mountain biking, trail rides, canoeing and more. Or join the guide for a side trip to Maligne Lake and a 8 km loop hike with 460 m gain into the hills above tree line at 2150 m elevation and possibly all the way to the 2790 m peak overlooking this beautiful lake.  Hiking time 2 – 6 hours.

 

Sep 11: Canoe Training - You walk along Maligne Canyon, the river roaring through the narrow gorge, up to 50 m below you. Now a short drive to a generously laid out campground in the foothills. During the canoe training on a quiet lake you learn the basic paddle strokes and safety precautions. You receive tips regarding personal equipment, work sharing of the crews and conduct in the wilderness. No experience is necessary, the selected river stretches can be mastered by beginners, but the current, numerous rapids, and gravel bars demand constant vigilance. Even advanced canoeists find plenty of challenge in this wilderness setting. Safety and the comfort of the participants are the main concerns of the guide.

 

Sep 12 and 13: On the River - Not needed luggage may stay in safe keeping. Now you start the canoe adventure: For the next 2 nights you pitch your tent on sandy islands or comfortable spots along the shore. The Athabasca River, fed by glaciers and clear forest streams, runs high and fast in the early season, clear, blue and lazy later into the summer. In the densely forested, uninhabited valleys you have excellent opportunities to spot wild geese, beavers, eagles, elk, bear, and moose. Five or six hours daily are spent on the river, sometimes leisurely drifting downstream, but always with an eye out for rapids and obstacles. There is time for swimming, fishing, exploring and campfires under the northern lights.

 

Sep 14: Edmonton - One more day on the Athabasca and after 130 km you reach the end of the canoe trip. The bus is loaded for the return to Edmonton. Dinner on own. Quality Hotel West Edmonton.

 

Sep 15: The hotel is not far from West Edmonton Mall, the gigantic shopping and amusement center. There is time for a visit of this unusual attraction before the transfer to the airport. Flight 692 departing at 18:25. 

 

Sep 15: Flug FI 692 Edm.-KEF 18:25-06:40 + 1